November 28, 2016
Cover to Cover Author Series
WACA 2016 National Conference
Middle East Program Series
EU in the U.S. Program Series
World Affairs Councils Highlights
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Cover to Cover Author Series 

Cover to Cover will host RAND Corporation's  Shelly Culbertson  on her new book,  The Fires of Spring: A Post-Arab Spring Journey Through the Turbulent New Middle East , on Tuesday, November 29, at 2:00 - 2:30 PM ET .

Shelly Culbertson is a policy analyst at the RAND. Her research focus includes international development, education, workforce development, innovation policy, and the Middle East. She is currently conducting research about urban services and education for Syrian refugees in Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon. She is also conducting a multi-year evaluation of the Appalachia Partnership Initiative's investments in STEM education and workforce development. 
Next month, Cover to Cover will feature author Philip J. Crowley on his new book Red Line: American Foreign Policy in a Time of Fractured Politics and Failing States , on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 2:00 - 2:30 PM ET

Philip J. (P.J.) Crowley, is Professor of Practice and Fellow at the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication at The George Washington University. He served as Assistant Secretary of State and Spokesman (2009-11) for U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Crowley appears frequently as a national security commentator on national and global television networks, including as a regular contributor to the BBC. He writes regular opinion columns for the BBC and MSNBC. Recent opinion pieces have also been published in The Washington Post and The Guardian. 
WACA 2016 National Conference 

The World Affairs Councils of America is grateful to all attendees, speakers, and sponsors who participated in the WACA 2016 National Conference last week. Thank you for making it such a successful and memorable event! 

We will soon provide official recordings of the Conference on our YouTube channel. Meanwhile, Tennessee World Affairs Council CEO  Patrick Ryan recorded two keynote videos that we are pleased to share with you.  

Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and David Abney, Chairman & CEO, UPS - Ambassadors Luncheon Keynote: Shaping the American Competitiveness Agenda for the 21st Century

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We emailed a 2016 Conference Survey to all Conference attendees. Your opinions are extremely valuable and will help us plan next year's program. If you have not yet filled out the survey, please take a moment to share your feedback with us.

Save the Date! 
WACA's 2017 National Conference will be held  November 8-10  at the  Capital Hilton . We look forward to your attendance! 

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Middle East Program Series 

With generous support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, WACA is delighted to present a fresh Engage America Speaker Series on  American Policy in the Middle East for a New Administration . Eight World Affairs Councils will participate in the program which is designed to inform the American public about policy options in response to opportunities as well as the multiple interconnected crises in the Middle East.  By bringing together policymakers and experts from the U.S. in public forums hosted by Councils, members of the public will benefit from balanced and high-level analysis to which they would not otherwise have access.

Upcoming event:
EU in the U.S. Program Series 

EU in the U.S. 2016 is a grant-funded program administered by WACA in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. Its goal is to raise awareness, knowledge, and understanding about EU policies, the EU's role as an international actor, and the value of the EU-U.S. relationship.

Upcoming event:
World Affairs Councils Highlights

Monday, November 28

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts Krist A. Biedinger, Tucker Aresnberg Attorneys; Ervin Sejdic, Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburg, and more for a "Transatlantic Business Panel" Details

World Affairs Council of Jacksonville hosts Karim Sadjadpour, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment, for an "Intimate Evening of Dialogue" Details

Tuesday, November 29

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts its local Academic WorldQuest 2016 competition Details

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Ryan Crocker, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan; Hrair Balian, director of the Conflict Resolution Program at the Carter Center; and Tim Lister, journalist at CNN, on "Why Does Syria Keep Getting Worse?" Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Bob Latham, Board of Directors of the United States Olympic Committee, on "Meridian: Placing and Hosting the Olympic Games: Which Nations Make the Cut?" Details

World Affairs Council - DC hosts H.E. Gladys Marithza Ruiz Sanchez, Ambassador of Guatemala to the U.S., on current events in Guatemala and the country's relations with the international community Details

World Affairs Council of Austin hosts H.E. Vasko Naumovski, Macedonian Ambassador to the U.S., for a country briefing Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts Andrew Hudson, Executive Director at Crisis Action, and moderator Gemma Mortensen, Chief Global Officer at, on "Civilians in Conflict: Perspectives from Syria" Details

Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council hosts Eytan Gilboa, Chair of the Israel Communication Association, on "Challenges in the Middle East for the New Administration" Details

World Affairs Council of New Orleans hosts Gunter Bischof, Marshall Plan Professor of History and director at Center Austria, on "The Austrian Presidential Elections 2016: The Attractions of Populism" Details

World Affairs Council of Maine hosts David B. Jones, Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Southern Maine and President of the Board of the International Childhood Enrichment Program, on "Haiti and the Effects of Trauma on Children" Details

Wednesday, November 30

Columbia World Affairs Council hosts Governor Nikki R. Haley, recipient of the 2016 Global Vision Award, at their annual gala Details

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Klaus Botzet, head of the Political, Security, and Development section in the delegation of the EU to the U.S., on "U.S. and the EU: Partners in the Face of Threats and Challenges" Details

World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts Tom Nazario, expert on children's rights and global poverty, on "Global Poverty: What Everybody Should Know" Details

Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council hosts Oded Hermoni, Venture Partner at Rhodium Capital, on "Innovation, Technology, and Growth: A View From Israel's High-Tech Scene" Details

World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley hosts Monica Parker, Director of the Bloodborne Viruses Laboratory and Faculty at Wadsworth Center School of Laboratory Sciences, on the current state of global public health Details

World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts a Q&A session with producer Jeffrey Brown after a screening of the Czech film "Vinyl Generation" Details

Thursday, December 1

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Alastair Walton, Australian Consul-General and Senior Trade Commissioner, on U.S.-Australian relations and more Details

World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts Chuck Hagel, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, for a discussion on "A New World Order" Details

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts an evening with Thomas L. Friedman, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Details

International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts former U.S. Ambassador Laura Kennedy for a discussion on "Looking Forward, Looking Back: U.S. Foreign Policy Challenges" Details

World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts Cindy Nofziger, Founder and Executive Director of Schools for Salone, and Dr. Robert Heavner, former Board Member for Schools of Salone, on the Schools for Salone project Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Barak Barfi, freelance journalist with the New America Foundation, for a Council Cabinet titled "On the Ground in Damascus: Assad, Russia, ISIS, and the Future of Syria" Details

World Affairs Council of Central Illinois hosts Sibel Oktay, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Global Studies at the University of Illinois, on  Turkey and the European Union Details

Friday, December 2

Alaska World Affairs Council hosts Ambassador John Yates, leader of the Somalia Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, for a Question and Answer session following a screening of the film "America's Diplomats" Details

World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts Detlev Ruenger, Consul General of Germany in Atlanta, on foreign policy strategies in Germany and more Details

World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts Sean McFate, Professor at the National Defense University and Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, on "The Modern Mercenary, Shadow Wars, and the Future of World Order" Details

World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts the 2016 Model United Nations Conference from Dec 2 to Dec 3 Details
Travel the World from WAC Philadelphia

Just Announced:  Council Leaders to Lecture on Travel the World tours from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia!
Ambassador Heather Hodges, President & Ambassador-in-Residence, Cleveland Council on World Affairs,  Colombia Rediscovered : February 3 - 13.

Joyce M. Davis, President, World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, Journey to  Southern Africa:  February 26 - March 13.

Megan Torrey, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Connecticut,  Cultural Cuba:  March 26 - April 3.

Jim Falk, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth,  Inside Iran:  April 21 - May 4.

Mimi Gregory, Vice President and Program Chairman, Naples Council on World Affairs,  Cruise the Face of Europe :   May 15 - 30.

Trina Medarev, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Jacksonville,  Italian Riviera & Chianti:  June 11 - 20.

Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President of Programs, World Affairs Councils of Northern California,  Circumnavigation of Iceland: August 1 - 9. 

Kay Maxwell, Executive Director, World Affairs Forum, Stamford,  Silk Road Odyssey: October 1 - 20.

Derrick Olsen, President, World Affairs Council of  Oregon,  Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia :  October 9 - 17.

Craig Snyder, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia,  Burma :   October 10 - 22.

Ambassador Mark Johnson, Founder, World Affairs Council of Montana,  Mystique of the Orient:  October 17 - 29.

Dr. Jerry Leach, former President, World Affairs Councils of America,  Inside Morocco:  October 20 - November 2.

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